The Girl Group That Will Rock Your Summer Playlist

July 8, 2014 2:58 PM

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Beginnings While their name may be a new addition to many playlists, sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim are no rookies. "People think we've been a band for three seconds," says Alana, 22, the youngest sibling, "but we've been at this for seven years—and what seems like a lifetime before that!" The sisters were just big enough to hold their own instruments when their guitarist mother and drummer father formed Rockinhaim; the family of five covered oldies at church and charity events throughout California's San Fernando Valley. By 2007, the daughters were ready to flex their music muscles minus Mom and Dad, and Haim (rhymes with lime, though Alana doesn't care how people pronounce it -- "I'm happy anyone tries!") was born.

Big Break While juggling their jobs (Alana: nanny; Danielle: backup guitarist; Este: hostess at the Cheesecake Factory), the girls played small clubs and divey hangouts with names like the Smell. In 2012, their dreamy alt rock–pop earned them a slot at the Austin-based festival South by Southwest --...

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